采访/朱智善 编辑/尚燕 后制/郭敬
H.K Chief Executive Mired in Controversy
Foreign Intervention and Poor People in Power
On Oct 19, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
accused foreign forces of intervening in Hong Kong’s politics
and participating in Occupy Central.
This was refuted by the groups of Occupy Central
and Members of Pan-Democratic Parties of Hong Kong.
On Oct 20, C Y Leung told the foreign media
that the reason for opposing the current plan
of universal suffrage raised by the Mainland,
is the risk of low-income residents becoming
the dominant political voice.
These remarks cause him more controversy in recent days.
On Oct 19 Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said
in a video interview with English station ATV,
foreign forces have always intervened in Hong Kong’s politics.
Occupy Central movement is also
involved with external forces of different countries,
but he declined to specify what country or cite examples.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying
repeated this statement the next day.
Just after Leung Chun-ying’sassertion was published,
an initiator of “Occupy Central in peace" Chan Kin-man,
Scholarism founder Joshua Wong,
and Chairman of Next Media Group Jimmy Lai
all required Leung to provide evidence for his remarks.
Chan Kin-man also said that
this shows Hong Kong has become more and more
like Mainland China: when the government was
unable to deal with the civil forces,
then they discredited them.
In addition, 26 Legislative Council members
of the pan-democratic parties sent a letter
to the Chief Executive’s Office,
condemning Leung Chun-ying’s remarks,
and asked him to come up with evidence.
True Universal Suffrage Alliance convener
Joseph Yu-shek Cheng: “Our position is very simple.
First, you said foreign forces intervene,
then please evidence it.
If anyone involved in the democracy movement
violates the law, then you can prosecute him
according to the law.
If you have no evidence, please don’t talk nonsense.
As a head of the Hong Kong government,
to make such remarks is very irresponsible."
Professor Joseph Yu-shek Cheng believes that
if there is tangible evidence, the government can completely
rely on international law to deal with it.
Joseph Cheng: “If foreign governments commit illegal acts,
or inappropriate behavior, then the Chinese government
must protest through diplomatic channels,
and expel relevant diplomats according
to international practice and international law."
Although the “foreign intervention" remark
has been controversial, Leung Chun-ying on the 20th night
in the Guest House made another puzzling remark
to “New York Times", “Wall Street Journal"
and the “Financial Times".
He said that it was unacceptableto allow his successors
to be chosen in open elections, in part because doing so
would risk giving poorer residents a dominant voice in politics.
He said that “broadly representative"
for the Nominating Committee is not numeric representation.
If it is entirely a numbers game and numeric representation,
then obviously you would be talking to half of the people
in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month.
This would make policies preferential to them.
Mr Li Shankan is an independent commentator
on China’s issues. He says: “He said he did not
accept open election because if elected in that case,
the lower class people will dominate the election results.
This logic is in fact more strange.
Seemingly, this logic should be completely opposite
to the CCP’s theories of agitating
the public to rebel in the early period."
Joseph Yu-shek Cheng: “This statement is clearly contrary
to the principles of democracy.
According to Leung Chun-ying’s interpretation
of democracy, then no country needs
to promote democracy and one-person one-vote.
All the leaders across generations of the CCP said
“the people. are the masters of the country",
so is such a remark from Leung Chun-ying to deny
this statement of the CCP heads?
Or to accuse them of telling a lie?"
So why does Leung Chun-ying use an excuse
which contradicts the principle of CCP leaders,
to deny the feasibility of universal suffrage?
Li Shankan: “I think he completely diverted
the discussion topic. He did not dare
to point out the core of the event.
What are the reasons for this Occupy Central?
It is the promise that the CCP gave in that time
about Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong.
The CCP made a promise to let Hong Kong people
carry out universal suffrage, but now
they don’t dare to keep the promise.
This is completely breaking the promise."
Professor Joseph Yu-shek Cheng pointed out that at present
considerable dissatisfaction exists in Hong Kong society,
which is rooted in the collaboration
between officials and merchants.
They cannot allow the general public to share
the fruits of economic properity.
On one hand the disparity between rich and poor
is growing, and on another, the government’s policies
gave preference to the big companies.
Therefore, Professor Cheng believes that this attitude
from Leung Chun-ying, in fact, is the basic root cause
of social conflicts in Hong Kong.
This is also the most basic motivation
of the current movement
of Occupy Central demanding democracy.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/GuoJing